June 2, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In addition to four automatic qualifiers, the University of Wyoming track and field teams earlier this week received two at-large bids to the NCAA National Championships on June 8-11, in Sacramento, Calif. The two events that were awarded at-large bids were the Cowgirl 4x400 meter relay team and senior Kyle Herl in the hammer throw, due to their outstanding performances during the season.
The Cowgirl 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of seniors Jessica Fox and Shauna Smith, sophomore Amanda Hopper, and freshman Sharon Larrier, earned their nomination by running the eighth fastest time in the nation, 3:31.50. The team ran this time at the regional meet and looks to become the first ever All-American relay team in school history. Fox and Smith also qualified for nationals in their individual events, the 400-meters and 400-meter hurdles, respectively.
Senior Kyle Herl, although only placing sixth at the Midwest Regional, was certain to get a ticket to nationals with the fifth best throw in the nation of 219' 10" this season. This will be Herl's first time at the NCAA Outdoor National Meet and has a solid chance of becoming an All-American.
Herl and the relay team members will be joined by two other individuals who qualified for nationals in Norman, Okla., last weekend. Senior Tanice Barnett earned her spot with her fifth place finish in the 1500-meters. Barnett ran a personal best time of 4:24.94, the second fastest time in UW history in the event.
Senior Zack Schaefer qualified for nationals with his fifth place finish in the hammer throw. This will be Schaefer's second consecutive trip to outdoor nationals.